Manchester Airport reveals retail and F&B outlets in new ‘super terminal’

By Andrew Pentol |


The first phase of the terminal extension will include a new departures lounge.

Manchester Airport has revealed details of the retail offer in its new ‘super terminal’ due to open next summer. 

The first the phase of the terminal extension, which is part of the airport’s £1bn ($1.3bn) transformation is set to open in July 2020.  It will include a new security hall, departures lounge, immigration hall, arrivals hall and the new bus gate lounge. Phase one of the airport revamp opened in April 2019 with the first passenger pier and a new 3,800 space multi-storey car park.

New departures shops in the United Kingdom’s third largest airport include JD Sports, WHSmith and Dixons Travel. JD Sports will open its largest airport store in the UK, while dozens of new retail outlets will also be unveiled when the existing terminal building reopens.

In addition, 15 new food and beverage outlets will begin trading including San Carlo Cicchetti, Pot Kettle Black, Archie’s and Barburrito.

The fully reconfigured Terminal Two will open in 2022 with 32 new retail and food and beverage outlets.  The completed terminal will be 150% bigger than the current building once finished. Pier Two will also open at that time and be a similar size to Pier One. The remaining terminal and airfield infrastructure is due to open in 2024.


New airport features already unveiled include a honeycomb light installation that illuminates the departure lounge. An 83sq m digital screen will take centre stage in the new extension to provide entertainment and information to passengers. There will also be a new children’s play area.

Environmental developments include fixed electric ground power points on all new stands which mean aircraft do not have to leave their engines running when parked up. A combined heat and power system will also be implemented.

Andrew Cowan, CEO, Manchester Airport said:  “Our £1bn transformation will allow us to continue playing our role as the UK’s global gateway in the North, offering our 29.5 million annual passengers and the entire region a world class airport, connecting them to a wealth of vital economic and tourist hubs.

“We’re delighted with the progress that’s been made on the project and we can’t wait for passengers to experience the new facilities next summer.  The new extension will offer a real step change to our passengers with state-of-the-art facilities and a great selection of shops and restaurants for them to enjoy.”


JD Sports’ will open its largest airport outlet in the UK in departures.

Jack Thomas, from Manchester Airport’s Passenger User Group said: “Manchester Airport’s historic investment will deliver a step change in the passenger experience and create an environment befitting of its status as the North’s main global gateway.

“The airport has engaged with members of its Passenger User-Group throughout and we have been pleased to make a number of suggestions along the way, as well as providing advice on issues such as disability access.

“It is clear a huge amount of care and attention has gone into the design of all aspects of the new facilities and we look forward to them opening next year.”


A new security hall will be part of the terminal extension at Manchester International Airport.





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